Thursday, May 3, 2007
– The two-day 4th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf
Classic last weekend raised more than $500,000 raised for Ally's House Charity, the most the organization has received at an event.
Several hundred friends from country music and Oklahoma joined Keith on April 27 and 28 in Oklahoma City, in his on-going commitment to
helping Oklahoma children with cancer through the charity. Prior to this
year's event, Keith and his foundation had raised more than $1.1 million for
The largest single-contribution came from the live auction during Friday
night's party, that included a performance by country music band Restless
Heart, where a group of golfers with the highest bid of $31,000 won Keith as
a team member during the following day's golf tournament.
Another auction item included dinner for 20 at Toby's local I Love This
Bar And Grill in Las Vegas. As a bidding war got underway, Keith invited himself to the dinner and then raised the stakes by adding fellow event-goers Oklahoma
football coach Bob Stoops, former Dallas Cowboy's head coach former University of Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer and Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry as well. Keith then threw in dinner for everyone at his house. In the end, both bidders were awarded the package for a total of $58,000.
The event continued into the next day with golf events.
Ally's House is named after Allison Webb, daughter of Keith's friend and
original bandmate Scott Webb. Ally died in August 2003, one month short
of her third birthday, from a form of kidney cancer called Wilm's tumors.